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Melbourne's first all-vegan pizzeria is a triumph
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Melbourne's first all-vegan pizzeria is a triumph

You've never tried faux cheese as good as this

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Melbourne’s getting a mini-golf and cocktail bar
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Melbourne’s getting a mini-golf and cocktail bar

Get ready to par-tee: a notorious CBD nightclub is transforming into a mini golf bar

The best art in Melbourne this month
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The best art in Melbourne this month

From blockbuster shows to hidden gems, here is your hit-list

Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show
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Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show

Get your green thumbs ready: the city's greenest festival is here!

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Where to eat right now

The best new openings in Melbourne
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The best new openings in Melbourne

Stay ahead of the crowds with our guide to Melbourne's new and notable restaurants, cafés and bars

The best restaurants in Melbourne
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The best restaurants in Melbourne

Behold, our eat-and-destroy list – a guide to absolutely everywhere you should be eating in Melbourne

The best patisseries in Melbourne
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The best patisseries in Melbourne

Got a sweet tooth? Melbourne's patisseries are making amazing treats for you

The best cheap eats in Melbourne
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The best cheap eats in Melbourne

Eat out without breaking the bank with our guide to 20 fantastic meals under $20 in Melbourne

The best Mexican restaurants in Melbourne
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The best Mexican restaurants in Melbourne

Turn up the heat with lively cantinas and late-night mezcal bars

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Time Out Pub Awards 2017

Time Out Pub Awards 2017

The annual Time Out Pub Awards are coming. Join us at Forester's Pub and Dining on Monday May 15 as we raise a pint to the city’s best local haunts, best counter meals, and more, and be part of the fun as we crown our 2017 Pub of the Year.

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50 things to do in Melbourne before you die
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50 things to do in Melbourne before you die

This is it: the definitive list of the people, the places and the things that make our city so great

The 50 best bars in Melbourne
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The 50 best bars in Melbourne

From world-beating cocktail lounges to down-and-divey saloons, here's everywhere worth drinking in Melbourne

Cheap things to do in Melbourne
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Cheap things to do in Melbourne

If you know where to look, you can get by in Melbourne for a lot less than you'd think

The best markets in Melbourne
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The best markets in Melbourne

Start your engines, shoppers: from organic produce to arts and crafts, there's a Melbourne market near you

The best rooftop bars in Melbourne
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The best rooftop bars in Melbourne

For beers in the sun or cocktails by moonlight, check out these high-altitude drinking spots

20 mind-blowing facts about Melbourne

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Where to find street art in Melbourne
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Where to find street art in Melbourne

The street art laneways and hotspots that any self-respecting 'grammer should be snapping

The best restaurants on Lygon Street
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The best restaurants on Lygon Street

Where to eat along Melbourne's quintessential restaurant strip in Carlton

Shopper's guide to Chapel Street
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Shopper's guide to Chapel Street

Vintage treasures, local designers, international brands: you'll find it all on Melbourne's famed shopping strip

26 ways to be a dickhead in Melbourne
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26 ways to be a dickhead in Melbourne

Melbourne, we love you, but sometimes you can be a bit of a dickhead

The best escape rooms in Melbourne
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The best escape rooms in Melbourne

The door is locked. The room is dark. The clock is ticking. Can you get out in time?

24 things to do alone in Melbourne
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24 things to do alone in Melbourne

Spending time in the city by yourself? Check out Melbourne's best adventures for one

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Pets in the Park
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Pets in the Park

Parade your prized pet, be it furry, feathered or scaled, with other proud owners down at Pets in the Park. There will be the chance to enter your loyal four-legged companion 'best dressed' and 'best trick' competitions, plus lots of stalls with the latest in pet innovations and products. Some seriously talented animals will also be making an appearance, including That Dancing Guy and his pupstars Cynder and Sproket, who will all be showing off their dancing skills. You can also see agility, stunt and skill demonstrations from the Kong 4 Paws Disc Dogs by Goochy’s Behavioural Training, Melbourne Canine Freestyle and the Flipping Disc Dogz. The Centre for Service and Therapy Dogs Australia will also be on the ground to answer questions and offer demonstrations and information, while the Roo Keepers' Mobile Zoo will introduce kids to local wildlife, including snakes, dingoes and crocs. Channel Ten’s Mike Larkan will return as host and animal expert and celebrity vet Dr Jack Ayerbe with be on hand for a special Q and A panel.  All pets are welcome, but you need to keep them secure.

John

John

If it weren’t already taken by Ibsen, Annie Baker’s latest play could easily have been titled ‘A Doll’s House’. Characters are obsessed with the sensation of being watched, and not necessarily by God. Miniatures, toys and figurines occupy the set with more assurance than the humans, and one character expresses the horror of a doll’s life, “to be a piece of plastic or glass, and to be shaped into a human form and trapped”. The effect is to magnify the characters’ humanity rather than diminish it; in a doll’s house, it is the watcher who breathes life and shuts it away, and who also bears the moral responsibility for the doll’s existence. Of course, the metaphor is perfect for the theatre, and Baker’s work plays very interesting games with notions of realism, of stage time and of storytelling. The setting is a B&B in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, run by Mertis (Helen Morse) and her unseen husband George. A young couple, Jenny (Ursula Mills) and Elias (Johnny Carr), come to stay, ostensibly to tour the historical sites, but really to mend their broken relationship. Mertis’s blind friend Genevieve (Melita Jurisic) comes over to chat and drink Pinot Grigio. Plot wise, that’s pretty much it. But oh, how much Baker manages to layer into that simple concoction; the play deals profoundly with the idea of the buried and half-remembered past, and the cold grip it can have on the present. In much the same way as the house is thought to be haunted by the ghosts of the civil war, Jenny is haun

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Dandenong World Fare
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Dandenong World Fare

The culinary carnival that is the Dandenong World Fare will be taking over the markets for a whole day of delicious food trucks, cooking, festival fun and new flavours, all as a part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Close to 50 food trucks and street food vendors will be cooking up snacks from all over the world; think everything from Vietnamese hawker food, jerk chicken from the Caribbean, barbecue beef ribs from Cambodia and tasty street food from Nepal, India, Japan and Mexico. For something sweet, don't go past wafflepops from Belgian food truck Let's Waffle 'n' Shake. Our tip: bring your whole crew along so you can taste as much as possible. There'll be plenty of chances to learn how to cook some of your favourite snacks, including Bun Cha-Hanoi’s favourite lunch treat of barbecue pork patties with noodles, nuoc cham and green mango. Also on the line-up of food demos is step-by-step guides on how to make Afghani-style pan-fried pita bread with honey and spices, as well as Jamaican Kingfish ceviche with lime juice, coconut, grilled sweet corn and chilli picante salsa and more. Over at the entertainment stage, highlights include sets from Japanese blues duo George & Noriko (also known as the Japanese Blues Cowboy and the Tsugaru shamisen player) a red-hot performance from the Flamenco Fiesta Group and a Brazilian carnival of energetic batucada drummers and capoeira dancers. There will also be loads of carnival rides, Henna hand painting and roving stilt walkers.

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